New York — Authorities recovered a body Wednesday night from the shell of a house in Arkville that burst into flames just as police were storming in during a hunt for a man suspected of shooting three state troopers, one fatally.
Police could not immediately confirm the body was that of Travis D. Trim, a 23-year-old whom police had been looking for since a trooper was shot during a routine traffic stop Tuesday in rural upstate New York.
But they said they believed it was the same person who shot two other troopers earlier in the day, because the body was found slumped in a doorway holding a rifle in the same area where shots were fired, said Preston Felton, acting superintendent of the New York State Police.
"It's reasonable to say he had no intention of coming out of there alive," Felton said.
How the fire started wasn't known. Sharpshooters were in position and authorities had fired tear gas into the home just before the flames began. Felton said that the suspect might have set the fire, or that tear gas fired into the home could have ignited something.